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Premier League new boys want Richardson & Phillips

Promotion-chasing Reading are in the hunt for Sunderland’s Kieran Richardson and Blackpool winger Matt Phillips.

Royals boss Brian McDermott is weighing up a £2million bid for Richardson – and Reading are ready to pay £1million to bring Phillips (pictured) to the Madejski Stadium.

McDermott is a long-term admirer of the winger and tried to sign the 21-year-old in 2010, but lost out to Blackpool.

Phillips’ 11 goals this season have elevated Ian Holloway’s side into a play-off spot, but McDermott could be ready to splash out as he looks to build a side for a Premier League campaign.

Everton and Sunderland are also interested in Phillips.

By Malcolm MacAskill

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